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Old 08-27-2014, 01:00 PM
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Anyone have advise to share on basic maintenance?

Oil Changes
Tranny Flush
Spark Plug Wires

How difficult was it?
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:15 PM
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Well oil changes are ridiculously easy... Most know that.. Unless you mean on a e34, mine has an m20 and the oil filter is in the worst spot evah, but I will fix that soon when I install an oil filter sammich to accommodate gauges and an oil cooler. Spark plug wires are easy, just do one at a time so you don't have to think about it. Don't bother changing them if they are still in spec. As for tranny flushes, it's like any other person you just hit the lever and it flushes.
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:25 PM
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I'm used to chevy's and fords.

Just making sure it's not all completely different !
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:34 PM
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It would help to know the year/model/tans.
Now at the top of the main page in the E34 section that lists all the threads, or questions are stickies, they are important info that does not move, check them out.
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Old 08-27-2014, 02:39 PM
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Old 08-27-2014, 04:17 PM
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Oil changes are very easy, the transmission i have never done on a 525, but it should be in the Bentley Service Manual, the you can find in the bible in my signature.
No spark plug wires, each has its own coil on top of the plug, you can change those if you need to.
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Old 08-27-2014, 04:52 PM
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Good info. How do you raise te vehicle.. I know it has to be level to drain completely.
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:36 PM
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For an oil change I usually drive the front up on ramps then jack the rear and put it on stands.

For the work I've done so far, I've found having 2 ramps, 4 jack stands and 2 floor jacks to be good - but I tend to be extra careful when supporting the car so if for some reason 1 support failed, it wouldn't cause the car to shift. Probably overkill, but there's always that slight chance we'll have another good earthquake at some point.
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:55 PM
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Safety first!

How about caring for the white leather. Anyone have or know about a good "cleaner" ?
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:31 AM
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Safety first!

How about caring for the white leather. Anyone have or know about a good "cleaner" ?
Chemical Guys is excellent and priced well. I've done about 6 complete cleanings/conditionings from 1 kit and it works better than any of the 'off the shelf' products I've tried, which is most of them.

http://www.chemicalguys.com/Chemical...spi_109_16.htm
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:04 PM
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Wow I'm going to have to invest in that stuff!
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